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Senior Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

John M. Benson is Managing Director of the Harvard Opinion Research Program and a Senior Research Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. At Harvard since 1992, John has directed numerous national and international polling projects leading to more than 80 publications in Health Affairs, New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Public Opinion Quarterly, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Public Health Reports, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Food Safety, Milbank Quarterly, Archives of Internal Medicine, Social Science Research, and other domestic policy and polling journals. He is also co-author of American Public Opinion and Health Care (CQ Press). John has managed survey projects with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, USA Today, and the Boston Globe. He also played a key role in the design and analysis of a series of surveys with the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation on public knowledge, values, and attitudes on domestic policy issues. He has also served as a survey consultant to Previously, John was Associate Editor of Public Perspective and Senior Opinion Analyst at The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, where he was instrumental in the development of the POLL database, an essential research tool in the field of public opinion. He has an M.A. in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin.


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    Research Scientist, Harvard University